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DM Murder Case
Death for ex-MP, 2 others
Life term for wife Lovely, 3 accomplices
Ambrish Dutta
Tribune News Service

Patna, October 3
A Patna sessions court today awarded death sentence to former member of Parliament Anand Mohan Singh along with former minister Akhlaq Ahmed and Prof Arun Kumar for inciting a mob leading to the lynching of a district magistrate nearly 13 years ago.

Besides the court also pronounced life imprisonment on Anand Mohanís ex-parliamentarian wife Lovely Anand along with the sitting JD(U) MLA Munna Shukla, Shashi Shekhar Thakur and Harendra Kumar for their indirect involvement in the crime.

The sessions court on Monday itself held Anand Mohan along with six others guilty of the sensational murder of the then Gopalganj district magistrate G Krishnaiya.

Claiming that no one was above the law, soon after their conviction on Monday, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told the media that the law would take its own course.

Krishnaiya, a 1985 batch IAS officer of the Bihar cadre, was shot and then stoned by a mob near Khaabra village on National Highway 28 on December 5, 1994, while he was returning to Gopalganj from Hajipur via Muzaffarpur after attending an official meeting there.

The mob, led by Anand Mohan, was accompanying the cortege of Bihar People's Party (BPP) leader Chotan Shukla.

While Anand Mohan was the founder of the BPP, Chotan Shukla was the brother of the sitting JD(U) MLA from Lalganj in Vaishal, Munna Shukla.

Even though the BPP was virtually defunct now and the former MP couple was at present not directly linked to any party, they apparently symbolised the alleged criminal-politician nexus in Bihar owing to their past association with both the ruling JD(U) and the main opposition party, the RJD.

While Anand Mohan was elected on BPP ticket, supported by the RJD from Sheohar seat in 1996 Lok Sabha polls, his wife Lovely Anand had unsuccessfully contested from the the Barh assembly seat in February 2005 polls on JD(U) ticket. She, however, had won from Vaishali Lok Sabha seat in 1994 as an Independent candidate.

This was the second major judgement involving the alleged "bahubali" politicians in Bihar during the present NDA rule headed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after the controversial RJD MP from Siwan, Mohammad Shahabuddin was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Siwan court in the case related to the abduction and suspected murder of CPI(ML) activist, Chotelal Gupta, in 1997 a few months back.

While pronouncing the verdict today, Additional District and Sessions Judge Ram Krishna Rai found the seven accused guilty under Sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 147 (rioting) and 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of Rs 50) of IPC.

The judge, however, acquitted 29 others accused in the case, giving them benefit of doubt.

Soon after the verdict, the seven were taken into custody and sent to the high security Beur jail here.

Krishnaiya, known as an upright officer, was from a very poor family in Andhra Pradesh. His father was a labourer. Uma Krishnaiya, wife of the slain DM, in her 40s, now lives in Hyderabad with her two daughters.



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